This Weekend

Yesterday, Phillip and I walked up to Broadway and had brunch at The Deluxe. Then we walked up and down Broadway, from Roy to John, and back. and enjoyed the Broadway Pride Festival.

Broadway Pride 2017

I don’t know the full story, but this year there was some issue with permits, and Broadway’s Pride Fest almost didn’t happen. (Broadway was the site of Seattle’s Pride parade, by the way, until it grew too big and had to move Downtown.) Another group stepped in at the last minute and saved Broadway’s Pride Fest.

So it was understandable that this year’s Broadway Pride Fest was a little underwhelming. But at least it was there. And it was fun.

hugged by a MormonThere were booths by corporate sponsors, churches, neighborhood shops and restaurants, and some live performances.

Meanwhile, we’re having a heat wave in Seattle. We got out of the burning sun, into our boiling apartment, and lazed around for the afternoon.

This morning, we hopped on an 8 bus to Seattle Center. We agreed to skip the parade this year and go directly to the Seattle Pride Festival.

We had a fun day today. We bought half-price price underwear from our favorite Capitol Hill underwear shop, UnderU4Men. We bought graphic novels and mustard. We ate barbecue in the Center House. We chatted with mayoral candidate James Norton. I met Lonnie Mann, author of Thoughts From Iceland, which I reviewed last year. We stayed in the shade as much as we could.

Seattle Pride 2017

We’d reserved a gaming table with Queer Geeks and Gamers. We brought a few Fluxx games (including Monty Python Fluxx!) as well as Joking Hazard. Our table was in the beer garden which, for some reason, had a full bar. We played several games of Joking Hazard with passersby Mikael and Roger. That was a blast.

When it was time to go, we rode the rode the monorail to Westlake, and transferred to a Link train to Capitol Hill Station.

On our way home, at around seven in the evening, we stopped into C.C. Attle’s, which also has a full bar.

It’s been a terrific day today. I’m exhausted, a little tipsy, and I have to go to work tomorrow.

A Lifespan

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was first published in 1922.

The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonBenjamin Button was born in the summer of 1860. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Button, were well off, socially and financially. They defied the custom of the day by having their first child in a hospital, rather that at home.

Benjamin Button’s birth caused the family physician to resign from their service, and nearly ruined the reputation of the hospital.

Benjamin Button was born a 70-year-old man. No one could explain it.

Although Benjamin looked, spoke, and acted like a 70-year-old man, his father insisted on treating him like a newborn baby. Benjamin wasn’t having it. He preferred the Encyclopedia Britannica to his stuffed animals.

Roger Button’s social status was nearly ruined. The only thing people could think of to complement this strange addition to the Button family was to say that he resembled his grandfather.

When he was twelve, Benjamin Button first began to suspect that he was, in fact, aging backward.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button follows the humorous misadventures of a man who becomes younger as his age increases. He’s mistaken for his father’s father, and then for his father’s brother. He causes scandal when he marries a woman his age, when he appears thirty years older than her. He causes further scandal when, decades later, he’s seen as a young man married to an older woman.

When he’s old enough to enter school, he’s too old to attend. When he’s too old to enter school, he’s the right age to attend.

When Benjamin Button becomes a baby, his life fades away.

The copy I borrowed from the library is 52 pages long. That seemed to be the right amount of pages for this story of one man’s life.

One thing I found odd about this story is the absence of Benjamin’s mother. She’s mentioned as Mrs. Roger Button, but we never meet her. We never learn how she feels about being the young mother of a 70-year-old man. We never even learn her name. Maybe it’s a sign of the times.

I liked The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It’s an hilarious, classic tale of social satire.

  • A book that takes place over a character’s life span